Severn holds off NDP, 70-68 Graw's 19 points help Admirals in semifinal

February 10, 1996|By John Harris III | John Harris III,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Maggy Kilroy hit the last shot to beat Severn in their first game last season. Yesterday, she nearly did it again.

This time around, visiting Notre Dame Prep (14-7) waited a little too long to finish a tremendous comeback attempt, as No. 19 Severn (13-5) advanced to Monday's Association of Independent School's championship against McDonogh with a hard-fought 70-68 victory.

"They [Notre Dame] never did quit, they are a very good team," said Severn coach Maurice Jennings. "A lot of their key players are seniors, and that kept them in the game."

Kilroy's fifth three-pointer of the game, from the right wing, closed the game to within two points with seven seconds left. She scored 10 points in a 12-0 run during the game's final 3:48. The 5-foot-7 senior finished with 19 points and five rebounds.

Severn senior forward Kate Graw led her team with 19 points despite the lingering effects of a flu.

"I was a little sluggish in the first half, but by the second half I started to get back into a rhythm," said Graw.

The winners used a 12-4 spurt during the first four minutes of the final quarter to take what seemed to be a commanding lead, 70-56. Lauren Batte (eight points) and Graw led the charge with four points each, while Monique Jennings (15 points) and Sherrie Cornish (10 points) added single baskets.

"On a scale from 1 to 10, I think we were an 8," Jennings said. "We played well in the first half when we were man-to-man, then we got tired and had to play zone. That didn't work too well against them."

The Notre Dame Prep trio of Tiffanie Baker (17 points, seven rebounds), Marie Bull (13 points, eight rebounds) and Megan Hyle (12, five) played key roles in their team's 34-18 rebounding edge.

"Our assistant coach [Patty Stoffey] always says 'box out,' she says it every time we go back to the huddle. But we still didn't do a good job," Graw said.

Severn used a 13-5 run late in the second quarter to build a 41-32 lead by intermission.

"We just didn't pass well, especially in the first half, we were

never out of the game," said Notre Dame coach Claire Reisler.

Freshman guard Carrie Staines added 12 points for Severn.

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